Streamz, a Mozaex spin-off company, has released what it’s calling the “world’s first smart streaming headphones.”
The headphones have a built-in Android processor, WIFI, Bluetooth and storage, which allow you to play music and audio from multiple sources, including onboard stored music, streaming online radio, streamed phone music, plus audio from your TV, movie and game player.
The company will be demonstrating Streamz and their BLUWAVS 7.1 HDMI Surround headphones during the 2014 CES Expo, held in Las Vegas from Jan. 7–10, booth #54009.
"When it comes to entertainment there is only one thing more valuable than free, and that is simplicity," said Streamz CEO Douglas Kihm. "You no longer need to bother with a separate player since it's all built inside. Many people don't want the hassle of carrying, connecting, and draining the battery of their phone or music player. Streamz replaces multiple headphones so that you can enjoy all of your entertainment from any device with one simple-to-use pair of headphones."
According to the company, these are the first headphones to incorporate a music player, a 48 kHz/16 bit CD quality Digital Analog Converter (DAC) plus individual 3 Watt vibration drivers and 160 mWatt dynamic amplifiers.
The market for headphones continues to experience high growth, especially in the premium sector. Global headphone sales in 2013 were $7 billion with a growth of 20% per year. According to the NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service, "U.S. sales of premium stereo headphones ($100+) grew 25% in units in Q1 2013 year-over-year, accounting for 95% of the revenue growth for the total headphone market."
Streamz headphones will be available for $549 and will be shipping March 2014.